Tamil Cinema

  • Chennai@375: Notwithstanding neglect, AVM studios stands strong 20 hours 25 minutes ago

    Chennai: Chennai's AVM studios is the oldest surviving film-studio in the country and a close examination of this cinema paradiso reveals the changing shades of Indian film-making over the years. Built in 1945, AVM studios was the brainchild of AV Meiyappan and was home to Tamil cinema. AVM...
  • Shah Rukh Khan delighted at southern honour July 6, 2014

    Chennai: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who was honoured with an Entertainer of Indian Cinema award here at the 8th Annual Vijay Awards, was happy to meet some of the talented people from the southern film industry. He was handed over the award at the ceremony Saturday, which was also attended...
  • Karuna, Vijayakant condole death of Narayanan June 23, 2014

    Chennai: DMK president M Karunanidhi and DMDK leader Vijayakant on Monday condoled the death of veteran Tamil cinema director Ramanarayanan, saying his demise was a loss to Tamil film world. Karunanidhi recalled that Narayanan had served as DMK MLA of Karaikudi and said he was a popular producer, director and story...
  • Expectations high from 'Kochadaiiyaan', say Rajini fans May 23, 2014

    Tamil superstar Rajinikanth's latest film 'Kochadaiiyaan' opened to packed theatres on Friday. His fans in Chennai were seen smearing his posters with milk and beating drums. Watch the video for more update on the blockbuster. ...
  • Rajinikanth keeps reinventing himself, says his wife May 20, 2014

    There have been several delays for the animated Tamil 3D film 'Kochadaiiyaan'. But there's no question that Superstar Rajinikanth is back. Before the film's release the star's wife Latha Rajinikanth spoke to CNN-IBN about the film, her favourite Rajini dialogue and much more. ...
  • Vishal Krishna's next to be a bilingual February 9, 2014

    Chennai: Several Tamil films of Vishal Krishna Reddy have been dubbed in Telugu over the years, but for the first time the actor has teamed up with director Hari Gopalakrishnan for his yet-to-be-titled Tamil-Telugu bilingual. Vishal's films such as "Sandakozhi", "Thimiru" and "Pandiya Nadu" have been dubbed in Telugu in...
  • Not enough depth in digital pictures: Ilayaraja January 22, 2014

    Chennai: Legendary musician Ilayaraja, who loves photography, says he doesn't enjoy it any more because digital photography is not so fascinating. "Since everything became digital, I lost interest in clicking pictures. There's not enough depth in digital pictures that you can get with a film roll. We have destroyed something wonderful...
  • All's well with SP Balasubrahmanyam's health January 21, 2014

    Chennai: S.P. Balasubrahmanyam's manager has refuted rumours that the legendary singer suffered breathing-related problems while performing in South Africa last week. The singer took to the stage at the ongoing Indian International Film Festival of South Africa (IIFFSA) Saturday. Balasubrahmanyam was there to receive the Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema Award...
  • 'Anegan' keeps Dhanush busy during Pongal January 14, 2014

    Chennai: Southern actor Dhanush will miss Pongal celebrations Tuesday, due to his upcoming Tamil thriller 'Anegan' shooting. But he says he is enjoying working with the film's director K.V. Anand. "(I'm) missing the festival mood since I'm shooting in Hyderabad for 'Anegan'. But (I'm) enjoying the shoot. (The) very hard...
  • Mysskin, Sarath Kumar to team up? January 1, 2014

    Chennai: After impressing audiences with Tamil thriller 'Onayum Aatukuttiyum', one the finest films of 2013, filmmaker Mysskin is likely to team up with actor R. Sarath Kumar for an action-thriller. "Mysskin and Sarath Kumar met recently and discussed a script. Sarath also like the script, but he hasn't confirmed (it) yet....
  • Short-term goals better than New Year resolutions: Arya December 31, 2013

    Chennai: Tamil actor Arya, who is currently busy shooting for 'Purampokku' and 'Meagaamann', says he prefers setting short-term goals over long-term resolutions. "It's better to have short-term goals because they are usually achievable. I don't believe in New Year resolutions...one can easily get distracted or leave it midway," Arya told IANS. With...
  • Vivekh can be our own Woody Allen: Mani Ratnam December 29, 2013

    Chennai: Ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam believes that if Vivekh puts in more effort into his comic talent, he can become Tamil cinema's own Woody Allen. "I think this ability to make people laugh comes with some level of intelligence. Our industry has a host of comedians and I have always felt...
  • Rajinikanth lauds 'Ivan Vera Mathiri' December 22, 2013

    Chennai: Words of appreciation from superstar Rajinikanth has made the makers of recently released Tamil action-thriller 'Ivan Vera Mathiri' extremely happy. "This film is so classy and I haven't watched such high-octane stunts sequences in Tamil before. I appreciate the team for churning out such good action," said Rajinikanth in a...
  • Work will keep Samantha busy on Xmas, New Year December 2, 2013

    Chennai: This will be a busy month for southern actress Samantha Ruth Prabhu. She will be juggling between three films and will have to forgo the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Sam, as she is popularly called, is busy shooting for two yet-untitled Telugu projects with actor Junior NT Rama Rao...
  • Never forced my son to act: Tamil actor Rajesh September 18, 2013

    Chennai: Veteran Tamil actor Rajesh, who is introducing his son Deepak Rajesh in upcoming Tamil romantic-drama "Payanangal Thodargindrana", says his son was always interested in a career in films, and that he was never forced to don the greasepaint. Rajesh is known for his performances in films such as "Vaanam...
  • I'm much confident about 'Policegiri' success: KS Ravikumar July 4, 2013

    'Policegiri,' starring Sanjay Dutt, now in jail of course, releases this week. Director KS Ravikumar joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on the film, the challenges in making it and the experience of working with Sanjay Dutt. Q. Will this film enter 100cr club? Asked by: Gama A....
  • Watch 'Thillu Mullu' to be happy, it's a guarantee: Mirchi Shiva June 20, 2013

    'Thillu Mullu' is a Tamil comedy film directed by Badri who earlier directed 'Veerappu' and 'Ainthaam Padai'. It is a remake of Rajinikanth's film 'Thillu Mullu' which itself was a remake of Hindi film 'Gol Maal'. The USP of the film is its cast including Manobala, Kovai Sarala, Sathyan, Ilavarasu,...
  • Sequels likely to become a fad in Tamil Cinema: Director Hari June 17, 2013

    Chennai: Awaiting the release of his highly anticipated sequel 'Singam 2', Tamil director Hari Gopalakrishnan feels it's very likely that sequels may become popular provided filmmakers create opportunities to make them with conviction. 'Singam 2' is the sequel to highly successful Tamil action-drama 'Singam' and it is coming out July 5. "Sequels...
  • Manivannan's death: An end to committed filmmaking June 16, 2013

    Chennai: The death of popular Tamil actor-director Manivannan, who passed away due to a cardiac arrest here Saturday, has sent shock waves through the Tamil film industry. Celebrities say they will remember him as a 'great soul' who was versatile, talented and humble. One of the most influential writers, actors and...
  • UP govt not providing funds for projects initiated by Mayawati: BSP September 10, 2013

    Amid protests over increase in power tarrif, BSP on Saturday accused the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh of not providing fund for the projects initiated by the previous Mayawati regime to increase power generation. "The BSP government had worked to increase generation to about 8000 to 12,000 MW, but today, all of it has...
  • Gautam Karthik banks on fans to finalise film title May 30, 2013

    Chennai: Toying with names for his upcoming yet-to-be-titled Tamil remake of Telugu blockbuster 'Ala Modalaindi', Gautham Karthik is now seeking help from fans and well-wishers to zero in on an apt title. "Hey guys, Ravi (director) and I were discussing possible titles for the 'Ala Modalaindi' remake. (I) would love to...
  • The evolving role of writers in Tamil cinema May 6, 2013

    In My Years with Boss at Gemini Studios, Ashokamitran recounts a poet's visit. "He was a tall man, very English, very serious and of course very unknown to all of us. Battling with half a dozen pedestal fans on the shooting stage, The Boss [film producer and publisher SS Vasan]...
  • Tamil 'Powerstar' Srinivasan arrested in cheating case April 26, 2013

    Chennai: Well-known Tamil cinema actor 'Powerstar' Srinivasan, was arrested today for allegedly cheating a person of a huge amount of money. Srinivasan, 50, was arrested this morning on a complaint from one P S Ranganathan of Prakasam district in Andhra Pradesh, a police release here said. Ranganathan alleged that Srinivasan took...
  • A R Rahman lends his voice for Dhanush's 'Mariyaan' May 4, 2013

    For all the impatient AR Rahman fans, here's some more than-good news. The Mozart of Madras has rendered his voice for a song in the upcoming movie 'Mariyaan'. The track is said to be a happy celebration sort of song, in the country genre, along the lines of 'Elay Keechan'...
  • First Look: Dhanush's Tamil thriller 'Mariyaan' March 29, 2013

    The first poster of Dhanush's Tamil thriller 'Mariyaan' was released recently. The film, which has music by AR Rahman, is directed by Bharat Bala. The plot revolves around the plight of Indian migrants held hostage in Sudan. It also stars Parvathi Menon and Salim Kumar. ...
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Homosexuality in films February 27, 2013

    New Delhi: When sexual revolution swept through the West in the 1960s after the advent of the birth control pill, some of the effects of the change found slanted reflections in popular culture. But for the ripples to hit the Indian shores, where cinema was still bound by Victorian...
  • Who will inherit Rajinikanth's throne? February 5, 2013

    Forbes India Celebrity 100 No. 28 Vijay Age: 38 Nickname Ilayathalapathi (young commander) Biggest hits Kadhalukku Mariyadhai, Ghilli, Nanban, and Thuppakki What makes him click Complete package: Comedy, dance, fights Why producers are betting on him A mass hero, with a fan base across age and gender Fast facts Son of director/producer SA Chandrasekhar, campaigned for AIADMK Punch line "Oru Vatti Mudivu...
  • I am not doing Hindi films for money: Vikram February 5, 2013

    Mumbai: Tamil actor Vikram, who has made his B-town entry with 'Raavan' followed by 'David', says he is in no hurry to do Hindi films and has not taken these Bollywood projects for money. Down South Vikram has acted primarily in Tamil films and then in Telugu and Malayalam. His memorable performances...
  • After Vishwaroopam, Singham 2 runs into trouble February 4, 2013

    Another Tamil movie 'Singam 2' starring actors Suriya and Anushka in the lead gets into trouble. The latest buzz about this film by director Hari is that it portrays Muslims as pirates and heartless people. If one is to trust the rumours the director may have to agree to delete some...
  • 'Sonna Puriyadhu': Tamil movie is now complete February 2, 2013

    Tamil debutant director Krishnan Jayaraj recently made an announcement that the shooting of his film 'Sonna Puriyadhu' is now complete. The film actor Shiva will be sharing screen with model turned actor Vasundhara Kashyap. Shiva was seen earlier in a comedy film 'Tamizh Padam'. The music director for this will is Yathish...